05 April 2010

On the risen Lord

After seeing the Risen Lord, notice what the women, who, finding the tomb empty were returning to the Apostles, did:

And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage (Matthew 28:9).

When Jesus greeted them, they knew his voice and recognized their friend, yet their reaction seems odd to us as a way to greet one we love. Rather than embrace him with a bear hug, a clap on the back, a fist pound or a hand shake, they embraced his feet; they threw themselves before him, and worshipped him.

This reaction seems so contrary to the way many approach the Lord today, considering him their best friend, and rarely nothing more.

He is our friend, yes. He is our brother, yes. But more than this, he is God-made-man. We must never lose sight of this great truth.

Let us, this day and every day, follow the example of these holy women. Let us throw ourselves in humble love at the feet of Jesus and worship him. Having done so, he will raise us up and call us his friends, and will say to us, as he said to the women: "Do not be afraid" (Matthew 28:10).

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